Buying Shields – A Waste Of Gems?

Buying Shields in Clash of Clans worth it

Have you ever thought about or actually bought a Shield in Clash of Clans? Very rarely do I ever hear of anyone doing this. In this post I want to take a look if it is worth buying Shields (or Village Guard) and when it might be useful.

Buying Shields & Village Guard in Clash of Clans

Your Shield is a great protection and it will prevent anybody from being able to attack your Village.

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When we search for a Village and attack it, we have to give up a part of our Shield.

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Each attack during a Shield results in a 1 hour increase to the attack cost (thanks @Gabriel for pointing that out):

  • 1st attack: 3 hours
  • 2nd attack: 4 hours
  • 3rd attack: 5 hours
  • 4th attack: 6 hours
  • 5th attack: 10 hours
  • 6th attack: 16 hours
  • 7th attack: 20 hours
  • 8th attack: 1 day
  • 9th attack: 2 days
  • etc…

Important! If you add multiple Shields, the time will stack. The attack counter only gets reset if you’ve been without a Shield for at least 1 second (also without Village Guard).

This means you can only attack a limited number of times before your Shield runs out and your Village is put back in the matchmaking system for greedy attackers to find.

Before that happens, depending on the current League, you will get a Village Guard that still protects your Village and lets you attack without attack cost.

Short look at the past:

Before December 2015, we broke our Shield completely when we searched for a Village to attack.

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But we could buy Shields in the shop and they had different durations:

  • 1 Day Shield (Cost 100 Gems and Cooldown of 5 days)
  • 2 Day Shield (Cost 150 Gems and Cooldown of 10 days)
  • 1 Week Shield (Cost 250 Gems and Cooldown of 35 days)
  • 2 Hours Village Guard (Cost 10 Gems and cooldown 23 hours)

Let’s see if they are worth the price.

The Shield Test

The hard part for me is how to determine if they are really worth the gems. It would be pretty useless to just calculate the amount of theoretical attacks a player can do within the Shield time.

First of all, I checked the specific cost per hour of protection – in other words, how many Gems do I need to pay for each hour I won’t get attacked:

  • 1 Day Shield: 4.2 Gems/hour
  • 2 Day Shield: 3.1 Gems/hour
  • 1 Week Shield: 1.49 Gems / hour
  • 2 Hours Village Guard: 5 Gems / hour

However, these rough numbers don’t give a clear representation of the situation. The Village Guard seems to be the most expensive, but I can attack and unlimited number of times.

This is why I think there are several use cases for the Shields.

1 Day Shield

The 1 Day Shield is nice when you are offline and have full storages. You know you won’t attack and won’t be able to collect anything. However, the price of 100 Gems is far to high!

You can get raided 2 times within the same 24 hours and might lose up to a million resources.

For 30 Gems you can boost your Barracks and just get these lost resources back within 2-3 attacks – that will cost you 15 minutes.

My advice: Stay away from the 1 Day Shield, it’s too expensive!

2 Day Shield

This one is quite similar. The costs are not as high, but with 3-4 lost defenses you don’t lose so much that you can’t make it all back in a boosted Barracks session within half an hour.

It might be useful when you push Trophies at the very top (far above 5000) to have some air to breathe, but I think less than 10 visitors here are doing this.

My advice: Stay away from the 2 Day Shield as well!

1 Week Shield

This Shield is interesting. 1 week, that’s 168 hours. Now, the funny thing is that your Village will get removed from matchmaking after 57 hours of inactivity (you can find the facts about abandoned bases here).

So, if you know you won’t be able to play, I advise to simply not go online in Clash of Clans and your Village will be safe after 57 hours.

What I find a good idea is getting it for 250 Gems and then still doing your raids.

You can raid 9 times and still have 3 days of active protection. It’s nice if you farm from time to time, but not in a very frequent way.

The current Shield system forces us to do frequent attacks to keep up with the losses from being raided.

If you know you just have a little time in the next days and still want to raid, the 1 week Shield is something you might consider.

However, this is just something I recommend to people who won’t be able to play an hour straight on boosted Barracks, because with 250 Gems you can be boosted and attack for several hours and yield much more than you did with the 250 gems for the Shield.

My advice: If you are a very infrequent player you might want to do this – otherwise boost some sessions for better use of the gems!

2 Hour Village Guard

This little guy is pretty cheap with 10 Gems and sometimes worth it.

I buy it from time to time when I’m hanging around in the evening doing some stuff and I want to get a certain amount of loot together to get a specific upgrade. I just attack whenever my army is ready (unboosted).

It’s worth it in this situation for me, because:

  1. I can do plenty of attacks.
  2. I don’t have to be online while my army is training and can do other stuff in between (push notifications activated to tell me when my army is ready again).
  3. It’s cheaper than boosting.

Of course, you can add it to a boosted session, but only if you don’t plan to stay online during the whole session.

My advice: Use it when you have the time to play, but don’t want to be online all the time.


Well, in most situations buying Shields is a waste of Gems, at least the 1 and 2 day Shields. They are way to expensive and the protection they offer is not worth the Gems.

The week long Shield however, can be useful when you know you’re not able to play frequently, but you want to do some attacks in between.

The Village Guard is worth it. Costing only 10 Gems it’s very cheap and it protects you when you want to play, but don’t want to be online the entire time.

Please share your opinions in the comment section?

Thanks for editing: EnchinsuOcha


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  1. My whole problem with the shield is that the cool down periods are out dated and haven’t changed to keep up with the new shield system of 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours, 6 hours and so on. I find the 1 week shield a big help, especially when I am pushing trophies and have to one of my heros down to upgrade without loosing trophies. It also helps me take a break from the game and come back to where I left off so I come back fresh. However the cool down period slows my progress in upgrading my hero’s as I am forced to upgrade my heros in a 35 day cycle especially when up in titans. Supercell only likes to make money (hence all the updates and upgrades), so how come they haven’t taken this into account? Lower the cool down period so we fools can spend our gems and money for more often for shields. Atleast I will be able to up keep my hero’s progressing on a weekly or biweekly basis. lol

  2. Man, you have only taken farming into consideration. If I am Titan League or Legend League those small shields are golden, because i might not be able to stay online one ay, and therentrophies are hard to be regained. To make things worse, 7 days shield is not allowed in Titan I and Legend League.

  3. I really have nothing to save my gems for. I have all 5 builders and maybe once or twice a week I’ll boost my armies and get a guard if Im in the mood for heavy duty raiding. Boosting collectors are strictly for 1 gem boosts. And rarely do I spend gems to finish up upgrades.
    A little pricey for 1 and 2 day shields, but Im not exactly plowing through my gems on a daily basis. Once I did do a week shield since it was the August 1 gem resource boost week, I was actually on vacation that week and I was upgrading to TH9. Talk about good timing. I decided to get it since I didnt want to worry about my base and I really wasnt going to do much raiding anyway during that time anyway. All the extra gold and elixir obtained, really helped get some new defenses built immediately as well as an X-bow.

  4. My opinion is yes they are over priced for what they give, but they simply can’t be “affordable”. If the shields would be affordable every single time a clasher would be filled of ressources be would hide instead of being in the matchmaking…. what would happen to the global clash economy?

  5. To my opinion the one week shield is very usefull in the case you are upgrading your
    townhall. If you raid as much loot as possible untill one week before your
    townhall is ready, and subsequently buy this shield, it’s possible to have all
    max amounts of gold, elixer and dark at the very moment your townhall is ready.
    You can 100% fill your storages and your mines, pumps and drills as well. If
    you plan it well, it’s possible to have your treasury filled to the ceiling
    also. I did this with TH10, had about 11 million of gold/elixer and 200 k dark
    as a fresh TH10 and bought the 25 extra wall pieces, two inferno’s and upped my
    lab and spell factory directly and pushed my queen to lvl 31. You have to plan
    5 free workers as well at the moment supreme if you do this. Never had a
    problem as TH10 anymore haha. Otherwise this is almost impossible. Waiting
    untill your base is regarded as inactive gives no solution because you have to
    log on sometimes to collect your resources, which results in te fact the system
    will see you as active again, and with the huge amount of loot you have at that
    very moment you can be sure you’ll get plundered. Logging on/collecting doesn’t
    have any influence on your shield as long as you don’t attack.

  6. Honestly I would like to chat about update….I.cant 3 star with a Golem Wizard Valerie attack anymore, they have nerfed it….or so it seems. Let’s talk WAR TROOPS!!! TH10 no idea anymore….,

    • it’s pretty off topic here, but have you considered that defenses got simply better?
      TH10 will develop in the direction of golaloon IMO (already working on a guide, simply have a little patience)

  7. Little note on the shield time cost for attacks.. it goes 3h-4h-5h-6h-10h-16h-20h-1d-2d-3d… so even with the week shield you wont be able to attack that much with it.. I still use them when im 2-3 wins from climbing up a league

    • After 5 hrs it used to go back to 3 hours I do the same as Erwin when upgrading th got me queen to lvl 5 on both ACC’s when going from 8 to 9 but have nt bought a shield in a while so might have changed

  8. Hello Tim!

    Nice post… I really like shields… let me tell you when I use them:

    1) 10-day shield (7+2+1): on vacation, so I will resist the urge to attack and enjoy my trip.

    2) 3-day shield (2+1): I’ll use it 3 days before this season ends, so I can have a break in my push, and get my legendary trophies (can’t stand the clouds, so I’ll lower my trophies after the season ends

    3) 1-day shield: I buy it when my storages are full and have still one day for the town hall to upgrade… it’s cheaper to buy the shield than to finish the town hall, and I can gather some resources in the collector to help with the new buildings

    4) 2-hour guard: I buy it when I need less than 10 trophies to change my league and my guard is about to expire… this way I can be attacked in a higher league and get greater bonuses afterwards (you can lower 100 trophies before being depromoted).

    Interesting subject… clash on!

  9. Once i bought 1 week shield when my collectors mines treasurey and storages was full as i was upgrading my TH 9 to 10 it helped me very much saves a lot resources..

  10. Well i think that you shouldnt waste gems on shields at all , you should only use gems to speed up troops training or building upgrades . Honestly you should see gems as real money and gold/elixir/dark elixir as ingame money (meaning no real value) even if you get raided and they take about 400k worth of resources its ok,you can easily get those back . My strategy is easy , i always play 2hrs at a time i waste about 20 gems to boost my barracks and always get about 2 million gold and 1.75 million elixir on average, i’ve gotten more or less depending if i get lucky , if i have a free builder i always upgrade my walls and upgrade one of my Cannons/mortars/archer-tower/wizard-tower etc…if there are no free builders and i have my storages full i buy spells (2heal and 1 rage), 5 p.e.k.k.a, 2 healers , goblins , archers , barbarians and 5 wall breakers, i spend about 280k doing this but i know that if i got raided and they took alot of loot i can get right back (i take about 500k or more with this army ) , even if your going to be away from the game for a week or 2 i would much rather save 500 gems and let them take my resources or i would just free up a builder and waste all my resources on wall upgrades and defenses and leave my storages empty . Thats my strategy and it works for me at the end of the day gold,elixer and dark elixer are free and gems not so much .

  11. Gabung ke klan kami namanya mega destroyer.
    Benderanya berwarna biru dengan lambang api di tengahnya.
    Ada 21 orang.
    Butuh 1300 piala untuk bergabung(sebenarnya ini adalah klan dari teman sekelas saya saya tidak cukup piala untuk gabung jadi aku suruh dia menurunkannya agar saya bisa bergabung,sekarang dia telah menaikannya kembali me jadi 1300)

  12. the only time buying a shield is logical, IMO, is when you are leaving the country for a week (vacation?) and won’t be able to login to clear your collectors. Outside of this scenario, leaving TH on the outside is almost always the optimal choice for preserving loot..

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  13. If you are farming I think a shield is a waste of gems but for cup pushers It’s worth because you can concentrate on other things than clash without loosing cups.

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  15. Its a waste of gems as u can simply get a shield….if u have fear to loose resources put town hall at cornor people will come and raid that and ur resources will be safe and u will get a shield

  16. I bought a one week shield, because i got tired getting raided and raided and coudn’t keep my all my elixer and gold safe for a minute.

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